Laughing So Hard It Hurts

I can’t remember for the life of me what the joke was or what was so funny. The laughter and ruckus the two of us were making was so big that the dog started running around in circles and barking.

We must have been in one of those punchy moods. You know the kind of mood where a pendulum must keep swinging back and hitting your funny bone and, funny or not, you can’t help but laugh at whatever’s going on. And when you start laughing, you can’t stop. And you don’t want to, either.

It all started when we decided to take my friend’s dog for a walk. We were at her vacation house in the middle of the summer in Needles, CA….where it can easily hit 115+ degrees during the day, and can hoover around 100 degrees in the dead of night. Her house was on a golf course, and since it was dark out, we decided to take him out to run around on the course. We were walking and telling stories, laughing and enjoying the time away from real life.

After walking for awhile, I don’t know how it happened but we started getting giggly. And I don’t remember what started it, but all hell broke loose. She said something, and I can’t remember what it was, and before you knew it, we both were laughing so hard about something that we were doubled over with stomach cramps. We also both ended up getting weak knees from the laughter (or maybe loss of breath from forgetting to breathe) and ended up rolling around in the grass, kicking our legs and laughing like children. Or lunatics. I swear it took everything in me not to pee my pants.

Tears streamed down our faces, we couldn’t talk, couldn’t breath, couldn’t get up, and couldn’t stop laughing. I think the dog thought we were losing our minds.

And everytime we tried to stop laughing and we tried to catch our breath…one of us would look at the other and it would start all over again. We must have sat out there and laughed for at least a half an hour. No words, just pure, childlike laughter.

The next morning when we laughed about it again (though not nearly as hard or as long), neither of us had any idea what started the craziness in the first place.

But that kind of laughter? The kind that you just let go with reckless abandon…the kind that only happens maybe once a year? The kind that leaves you feeling sastified and happy, but with sore stomach muscles the next morning? That laughter is the best feeling in the world!

When I think of that night with my friend, I can still see her face: her hair pulled back in a ponytail due to the heat, eyes closed with tears leaking from each of them, mouth wide open with a smile that couldn’t possibly get any bigger.

That happened years ago…before either of us had kids. Maybe five or six years ago? But I remember it like it was yesterday.

And so it goes…

Mama's Losin' It
I wrote this post for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop in response to Prompt #3: Describe the last thing that made you laugh really hard. While this isn’t the last thing that I laughed hard at, it certainly is one of the most memorable!

I also wrote this prompt for the Red Writing Hood. The prompt The premise of the contest is to write a piece of flash fiction – it should be no more than 600 words and should take no longer than 3 minutes to read aloud. And the requirement for this particular one is a character MUST tell a joke and a character MUST cry. One character can do both.


  1. PV Lundqvist says:
    I never feel more connected to another person than when we share a laugh.
  2. Laughing like that is so good for the soul and I can totally picture your friend's face.
  3. I miss hanging out with really close friends and just laughing about anything and nothing. Things change once kids arrive :)

    Of course NOW I get to bust a gut when ever my kid says something completely outrageous.

    Visiting from Mama Kat's
  4. I love those moments of laughing so hard it hurts! Stopping by from Mama Kat's. I chose the same prompt btw.
  5. I love laughing like that! It's totally therapeutic!
  6. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says:
    I'm just amazed that you made it out of Needles.

    That's one hostile temperature there.

    People LIVE there?

    Those people need medication. ;)
  7. Needles? Eek! I'm with Lori, I didn't know people actually lived there!

    Also, laughing until you cry/can't stand up/are rolling around on the ground is honestly one of the best feelings! A great calorie burner too. Perhaps I should hire a comedian instead of a personal trainer.
  8. It's a great ab workout too.

    Good for the body and the soul.
  9. There is nothing better than tears running down your face laughter when in the company of a good friend. I love that feeling.

    Nice going on the two memes in one. :)
  10. Love laughing THAT hard! You just never know when it will hit, and it can be the stupidest thing. Something caught my funny bone in a staff meeting a few weeks ago, and my funny co-worker across the table from me just made me lose it! So hard to regain your composure when your funny bone has been tickled....

    Lucky for me it's not a serious work environment like in my pre-kid days!
  11. I LOVE laughs like that. The kind where you just can't stop, but you can't explain what you were even laughing about.
  12. JDaniel4's Mom says:
    What a great moment to remember and laugh about! I remember rolling in laugher at jokes and retelling them to hear dead silence. Some things just live in a particular moment.
  13. The Empress says:
    Sounds simple, but this is why I watch Modern Family.

    This show does it to me, and I love it.
  14. I LOVE that kind of laughter.

    I do it regularly with my best friend. :)

    It does a body good.
  15. Bitter Betty says:
    I love that. It seems that this type of laughter is often best when it's shared with a great friend. My best pals and I may not see each other much but when we do, we make up for it with our crazy antics and peals of laughter!
  16. Megan (Best of Fates) says:
    People who laugh with you like that? Those are real friends.
  17. Sluiter Nation says:
    Oh this kind of laughter...especially when you are laughing so hard you can't even remember why you started in the first place? Priceless.
  18. what a good post - and serving double duty to boot!

    Stopping in from Mama Kat's - I did the laughing prompt also.
  19. says:
    You are the queen of the double prompt!
    Love it, and love recollections of that kind of laughter.

    As cleansing for the soul as a good cry, and far better for the complexion!
  20. I love that kind of laughter. I can often reach it if I'm watching a seriously funny show. PV Lundvquist at the top is right - I don't really connect with a person until we've shared that sort of laughter too.

    It's cleansing!
  21. Mandyland says:
    First of are like the ultimate multi-tasker. Two writing prompts in one post! Impressive.

    Second...I loved this. I love that type of laughter and the weird thing is, it DOES stick with you. I still remember one such incident and it took place twelve YEARS ago.

    What a wonderful, happy post.
  22. Minivan Mama says:
    It use to happen so much as a kid. I wonder why crazy laughter doesn't happen as much when we get older?
  23. Laugher is the cure-all, of that, I am convinced! What a great moment. And I think the key words being "before you had kids." I joke, I joke. :)
  24. The Sweetest says:
    I love that kind of laughter, too. Except now it makes me wet my pants.
  25. says:
    Hi! Stopped over from Mama Kat's...sort of. I do have you in my RSS feed too. I love your blog!! Every time something bad happens between me and my daughters I think "Oh this will be my monster mommy moment!"

    Great post! I love that type of laughter where it hurts after a while. I can't remember the last time I laughed that hard. Definitely before kids!
  26. Dakotapam says:
    Laughter really is the best medicine!
  27. You're right it IS the best feeling! Great post
  28. I laugh this way with my sister and only my sister. And unfortunately my sister and I no longer speak to each other. Or rather, she doesn't speak to me! So frustrating these sister relationships.

    Love your post! It really has me thinking and remembering.
  29. Excellent! By the way, I'm intrigued by the prompt idea . . . for now I'm up to eyeballs just getting out blog posts, guest blog posts, and 2 pages/day on novel WIP, but if I ever get really stuck again, I'm 100% going to look into Kat's prompts and Red Writing Hood. thanks!
  30. I love that kind of laughing! I get that way with my cousin. we're like sisters and can just look at each other right and cause fits of endless laughter and no one around us has any clue what's going on.

    that's the best kind of laugh and the kind that is better than exercise.
  31. Those laughs are intoxicating. I haven't laughed like that in quite a while. I think I'm due ;)
  32. Those are the best memories! And good for you for posting for double duty. =)
  33. I love moments like that. And look at you, figuring out how to link to two prompts in one!
  34. From Tracie says:
    Those moments of uncontrollable laughter are so precious.
  35. There is nothing better than side-splitting, tear inducing laughter. You described it beautifully. I laughed with you.

  36. Not Just Another Jennifer says:
    Great post! Mommypants wrote about the need for a hard laugh the other day, and how she hasn't had one in a long time. I felt the same way. Then last night went to a girls' happy hour and laughed so hard I cried. Love that!
  37. Elizabeth Flora Ross says:
    One piece for two prompts - impressive! I LOVE times like this. There is nothing like laughing until your belly aches. Thanks for sharing this great moment!


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